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Author:  Rainier Rails [ Mon Apr 07, 2014 4:02 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Budd Observation Cars

Thanks, Jeff, for the photo link of the Sandy Creek!

Author:  NYCRRson [ Mon Apr 07, 2014 9:00 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Budd Observation Cars

Not to be a nit picker, but the Sandy Creek and sister car Hickory Creek are Pullman Standard products built for the "All New 20th Century Limited" of the NYC railroad in 1948.

It has the distinctive "Lookout Lounge" taller windows in the rear where the floor level was also elevated.

The first streamlined 20th Century Limited from 1938 had four PS round end obs cars in the "Island" series, Bedloes Island, Manhattan Island, Pelee Island and Thousand Island (?).

I do not believe any of these survived.

Nice to see Sandy Creek in fresh paint, but that is the most mismatched two tone gray paint I have ever seen (ha ha).

Cheers, Kevin.

Author:  Pullman [ Wed Apr 16, 2014 11:56 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Budd Observation Cars

Funny how things can stir the memory.

An uncle of mine was an architect in the San Francisco Bay Area. At one point, he purchased a Budd observation from Amtrak that he planned to convert into an office in San Francisco.

From what I recall, the car was stored in Los Angeles. It may have been of Seaboard (or ancestor) lineage before coming to Amtrak. Unfortunately, the car was the victim of a fire during storage.

Anyone have an idea what car this might have been? Thanks!

Author:  eze240 [ Wed Apr 16, 2014 8:27 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Budd Observation Cars

I'm not sure, but I think the Hobe Sound was scrapped by FEC. If I'm remembering correctly there's a book on FEC that mentions Hobe Sound being in the shop at the time of the big strike issue and was basically stripped down to its shell, after the strike it was disposed of for scrap.

Author:  jmlaboda [ Wed Apr 16, 2014 9:06 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Budd Observation Cars

Quote:
I'm not sure, but I think the Hobe Sound was scrapped by FEC.


You are correct. The car was in the process of being converted to a smooth sided car for use on the City of Miami and had all of the Budd corrugation removed. Since the strike helped the line end nearly all of its passenger operations the car was scrapped instead of being finished.

Author:  TimReynolds [ Tue Jul 22, 2014 2:00 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Budd Observation Cars

Quote:
Blunt End Cars:

Pennsylvania Railroad:

Two Cars, 1952, Lot #9635-110, PRR POC85B, 18 seat parlor 25 seat lounge observation:

PRR #7128 George Washington to PC #7128 to Amtrak #3711 sold 1977 to SP to Denver Railcar?? to Western New York Railway Historical Society to Monad Railway Equipment

PRR #7129 Alexander Hamilton to PC #7129 to Amtrak #3712 sold 1977 to SP to Denver Railcar to Morristown & Erie #2006 (#800745)


My brother saw and took a pic of one of these in Denver in 1998. We've been trying to figure out which one it was...

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Author:  jmlaboda [ Fri Aug 22, 2014 9:53 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Budd Observation Cars

Quote:
ACL #257 to SCL #5836 to Amtrak #3336 sold 3/1982 to private owner #800080


Quote:
257 -- to Eagle Canon Railcar


The car is now owned by SLRG...

http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Budd_car_in_Hyannis.JPG

Author:  Rainier Rails [ Sat Aug 23, 2014 12:19 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Budd Observation Cars

Thanks, Jerry, for the info on ACL #257!

Author:  jmlaboda [ Wed Oct 29, 2014 2:19 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Budd Observation Cars

The former NYC observation car that had been painted for Maryland's MARC operation now wears a new coat of paint for B&O RR Museum...

http://rrpicturearchives.net/showPicture.aspx?id=4017235

Author:  Rainier Rails [ Wed Oct 29, 2014 4:27 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Budd Observation Cars

Thanks, Jerry, for the photo link!

Author:  Rainier Rails [ Wed May 13, 2015 9:17 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Budd Observation Cars

On Sunday, February 16th, 2014, 1st Post on Page #1, etalcos wrote:
4 cars for PRR -- these were the "Congo" cars
7126 Benjamin Frankiln -- EMDX dynamometer car
7127 Martha Washington
7128 George Washington -- Denver Railcar?
7129 Alexander Hamilton -- Denver Railcar to Morristown and Erie
On Sunday, February 16th, 2014, 5th Post on Page #1, Jdelhaye wrote:
During one of EMD's open houses (1983?), I distinctly remember seeing the "George Washington" in the La Grange plant.
On Monday, February 17th, 2014, 8th Post on Page #1, Rainier Rails wrote:
Blunt End Cars:

Pennsylvania Railroad:

Two Cars, 1952, Lot #9635-110, PRR POC85B, 18 seat parlor 25 seat lounge observation:

PRR #7128 George Washington to PC #7128 to Amtrak #3711 sold 1977 to SP to Denver Railcar?? to Western New York Railway Historical Society to Monad Railway Equipment

PRR #7129 Alexander Hamilton to PC #7129 to Amtrak #3712 sold 1977 to SP to Denver Railcar to Morristown & Erie #2006 (#800745)
On Tuesday, July 22nd, 2014, 7th Post on Page #3, TimReynolds wrote:
Rainier Rails wrote:
Two Cars, 1952, Lot #9635-110, PRR POC85B, 18 seat parlor 25 seat lounge observation:

PRR #7128 George Washington to PC #7128 to Amtrak #3711 sold 1977 to SP to Denver Railcar?? to Western New York Railway Historical Society to Monad Railway Equipment

PRR #7129 Alexander Hamilton to PC #7129 to Amtrak #3712 sold 1977 to SP to Denver Railcar to Morristown & Erie #2006 (#800745)

My brother saw and took a pic of one of these in Denver in 1998. We've been trying to figure out which one it was...
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Found the answer, or at least part of an answer:

Back on the 3rd of this month, Trainorders member "DTrainshooter" posted a thread inquiring who owned a Toyota Land Cruiser with D&RGW heralds in the rear windows. Member "dan" responded:

dan wrote:
dave schumacher, who sadly passed away a few years ago, not sure if the cruiser is at his families fly fishing ranch in WY or not. He was a lawyer who participated in bringing the Tempo cars to the ski train for Phillip A. Told a story that Philip A. and another major train operator considered building a cruise train , denver based, that would have cruised colorado over tenn pass, moffat perhaps the Craig branch

http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/denverpost/obituary.aspx?n=david-paul-f-schumacher&pid=90702764

also owned one of the the x penn/central budd 52 parlor obsthat was stored at PFE, then i70/peoria in denver, the george washington

Trainorders thread: http://www.trainorders.com/discussion/read.php?11,3732126

Now, seeing as how the George Washington seemed to move around quite a bit, I'm trying to figure out how long Dave Schumacher owned this car, and how this related to Denver Railcar owning the other car from this Lot, the Alexander Hamilton.

Jeff Delhaye commented that the George Washington was at EMD in circa 1983. Could this actually have been the Benjamin Franklin, or was the Washington also owned by them at that time? Perhaps as a parts source for the Franklin? Or was it simply a case of the Washington, under private ownership, parked there for public display?

In my notes, I have that the Washington was at one time a part of the collection of the Western New York RHS, and that it is now at Monad RY Equipment. The question is, does Monad actually own the Washington, or is it simply at their facility either in storage or undergoing mechanical work for a private owner?

With the photo taken in 1998 (parked next to MILW Skytop parlor Cedar Rapids when it was still owned by William Nicholson), I'm wondering if this was the Washington, or the Hamilton before acquisition by Morristown & Erie.

Author:  Topfuel [ Thu May 14, 2015 12:42 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Budd Observation Cars

The Alex was acquired by Denver Railcar from the SP at auction. It was acquired by M&E at the big DRC auction in 2004. I believe the George was acquired by Dave Schumacher at the same SP auction, but my notes on that sale are not handy. Both the Alex and the George were at the SP West Oakland coach yard when sold. The George was not owned by EMD, and it was never owned by the WNYRHS. Monad acquired the George from Schumacher. The car in the picture with the Cedar Rapids is the George when Schumacher owned it. The George ended up being owned by Mrs. Monad after their divorce, and was sold to a Bill Wherry (sp?) from So CA. He later died and the car is now stored in AZ, owned by Bill's daughter.

The Ben may still be owned by EMD but is rumored to be now at the Pueblo Test Center and may have been given to them.

The Martha was on isolated track in PA for many years until bought by M&E maybe 8 - 10 years ago. To my knowledge it has not been rebuilt for service by M&E.

The WNYRHS owns the former SAL 6500, pre-war blunt end obs coach lounge built 1940, ex Amtrak 3800.

Author:  jmlaboda [ Thu May 14, 2015 12:50 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Budd Observation Cars

Quote:
The WNYRHS owns the former SAL 6500, pre-war blunt end obs coach lounge built 1940, ex Amtrak 3800.


Yep...

http://rrpicturearchives.net/showPicture.aspx?id=1714089
http://www.morscher.com/rr/1993/19930625_14.jpg

Author:  Rainier Rails [ Thu May 14, 2015 1:42 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Budd Observation Cars

Thanks to Topfuel for the info, and to Jerry for the photo links!

SAL 30 seat chair-stewardess room-24 seat buffet lounge observation (blunt end) #6500/SCL #5800/Amtrak #3800 (Budd, Lot #96515, 1940) was retired and sold to Western NY RHS in 1981, and in my notes I have it as renamed to Marie McGrath, while PRR Class PP85 buffet (galley)-29 seat parlor-5 seat DR #7135 Leonard Calvert/Amtrak #3635 (Budd, Lot #9628-110, Plan #9526, 1951) was retired and sold in 1977 to the Pittsburgh & Shawmut, and later went to the Western NY RHS as the Francis J. McGrath (#800415).

It should be noted that Amtrak sold the George Washington and Alexander Hamilton to SP in 1977 in trade for several of the Class 66-B-2 economy baggage cars built by Pacific Car & Foundry in 1962, which had previously been under lease. Some source material lists that the cars sold to Amtrak were the #6710, #6714, #6716, #6720, #6730, and #6750, which were renumbered to #1010-#1015. However, Randall's "RPC Annual, Volume 5" (1980-1981) does not list the #6716/#1012. Amtrak had leased an additional 9 economy baggage cars from SP (2 from the St. Louis order and the remaining 7 were also PC&F cars: #6652, #6671, #6713, #6717, #6719, #6721, #6727, #6729, and #6733. RPC Volume 5 lists that a total of 10 cars were returned to SP, this would include the #6716.

Author:  Stephen S. Syfrett [ Thu May 14, 2015 8:28 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Budd Observation Cars

This info was posted in February, 2014:

FEC Bay Biscayne sold 1965 to SAL #6607 to SCL #5851 to Amtrak #3339 sold 1981 to Standard Industries to Jim Stephenson to private owner to Broadway Dinner Train (BWDX) #6607 City of Memphis to New Georgia Railroad (NGRX) #1508 Steve Polk to Stone Mountain (ASML) #1508 Samuel Hawkins*

FEC Lake Worth sold 1965 to SAL #6606 to SCL #5850 to Amtrak #3338 sold 1981 to unknown party to BC Rail (BCOL) #1751 Pavilion for Pacific Starlight Dinner Train to VIA Rail #1751*


Rainier Rails posted this in the first summary, with the info on the Bay Biscayne probably coming from posts I had made earlier. I posted a correction fairly recently in the thread that included New Georgia Railroad equipment, but that correction hasn't made it here.

Again, the car the SAM Shortline operates turns out to be the FEC Lake Worth, which did come to the SAM via Stone Mountain where it wound up after the New Georgia shut down. It had been purchased by New Georgia from CSX in late 1988 and the interior completely rebuilt for service on the New Georgia.

So, the corrected entries I believe would be as follows:

FEC Lake Worth sold 1965 to SAL #6606 to SCL #5850 to Amtrak #3338 to unknown party to CSX to New Georgia Railroad (NGRX) #1508 Steve Polk (late 1988) to Stone Mountain (same) to SAM Shortline (SWGX) #1508 Samuel H. Hawkins (2002).

FEC Bay Biscayne sold 1965 to SAL #6607 to SCL #5851 to Amtrak #3339 sold 1981 to Standard Industries to Jim Stephenson to private owner to Broadway Dinner Train (BWDX) #6607 City of Memphis to to BC Rail (BCOL) #1751 Pavilion for Pacific Starlight Dinner Train to VIA Rail #1751

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